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The 10 Best Christmas Markets in Munich

As absolute Christmas fans, we couldn’t resist creating a list of our favorite Christmas markets in Munich!  Whether it’s the traditional Munich Christmas market in the city’s old center or the unique Winter Tollwood (which is held on the grounds of the Oktoberfest with fair trade, handmade goods) – we selected the best, most unique and offbeat Christmas markets in Munich.

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Let’s put it this way: we love Christmas markets and as locals from Munich, we go crazy about drinking mulled wine (Glühwein) and filling our stomachs with candied almonds. With this thorough guide, we will walk you through the magical world of Christmas markets in Munich. 

Christmas time is here

Colorful fairy lights, traditional crafts, the scent of roasted almonds and mulled wine from the stalls – Christmas has finally arrived again and with its numerous Christmas markets in Bavaria’s capital Munich.

red christmas baubles and fir branches at a food stall in front of the new town hall in Munich
Beautifully decorated food stall in front of the new town hall in Munich

10 Things to know before you go to a Christmas market in Munich 

  • usually, Christmas markets are called “Weihnachstsmarkt” or “Christkindlmarkt” in Germany
  • opening times are mostly between 10-11 am and closing times are around 8-9 pm, sometimes 10 pm
  • generally, the Christmas markets close to Christmas Eve, but some stay open until New Year’s Eve
  • the major markets are usually in the center of the town or near the city hall or church
  • daytime during the weeks is the least crowded time to visit a Christmas market in Munich 
  • cash is needed! Credit Cards are rarely accepted! (usually, you should find an ATM around somewhere)
  • Munich has some of the most magical Christmas markets in the world
  • most Christmas markets in Munich open late November or on the weekend of the first Advent
  • this website shows the dates, opening times and detailed information for most Christmas markets in Germany
medieval food stalls at the christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz in Munich in the evening
Medieval food stalls at the Christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz in Munich in the evening

The 10 best Christmas markets in Munich

Munich Christmas market at the Marienplatz

crowd of people at the opening ceremony of the christmas market at the Marienplatz in Munich in 2019
A crowd of people was watching
the opening ceremony of the Christmas market at the Marienplatz in Munich in 2019

Dates in 2019: 
Nov 27 – Dec 24
Opening times in 2019:
Mon-Sat: 10 am – 9 pm 
Sun: 10 am – 8 pm
Dec 24: 10 am – 2 pm 
Location:
Marienplatz, city center of Munich right in front of the new city hall

huge christmas tree with fairy lights in front of the new town hall of Munich
Huge Christmas tree with fairy lights in front of the new town hall of Munich

Located at the main square of the old town, the Marienplatz Christmas Market (or simply “Munich Christmas Market”) is probably the most popular Christmas market in Munich. The good thing about it: no extra travel planning is needed, as the Marienplatz is hard to miss on a typical sightseeing-tour through Munich. 

opening ceremony to light up the christmas tree at the christmas market at the Marienplatz in Munich
We also joined the opening ceremony of the Christmas market in Munich this year

Specials of the Munich Christmas Market: 

  • visitors are invited to sing along the live music right in front of the giant Christmas tree in front of the Neues Rathaus
  • at the St. Peter’s Church you might want to explore Germany’s largest nativity market also called “Kripperlmarkt”, including the Munich Nativity Trail from 27 Nov 2019 – 2 Feb 2020
  • Children’s Christmas Workshop in the city hall from 28 Nov – 14 Dec 2019
  • follow the “Star Trail” on the Sendlinger Straße with organic and sometimes even vegan delicacies 
  • puppet theatre on Sundays (1, 8, 15 and 22 Dec 2019)
  • ChristkindlTram with a historical tram with mulled wine from 30 Nov – 23 Dec 2019
colorful decorated front of the buildings in Munich by night
Colorfully decorated front of the buildings in Munich by night

Our personal tip:
Especially in December, during and right after the sunset, we recommend the St Peter’s Church for an insanely beautiful view! Not only of the Marienplatz Christmas market but also of the enlightened city Munich. 

the tower of saint peter called "Alter Peter" at Marienplatz in Munich
The tower of saint peter called “Alter Peter” at Marienplatz in Munich

For more information:
Have a look at the official flyer (pdf) of the Munich Christmas Market.

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Winter TollWood Munich

Dates in 2019:
Nov 26 – Dec 31
Opening times in 2019:
Market till Dec 23
Mon – Fri: 14 pm – 0:30 am
Sat and Sun: 11 am – 0:30 am
The whole festival will be closed on 24 & 25 Dec 2019!
Location:
Theresienwiese, Munich (the grounds of the world-famous original Oktoberfest)

How to get to Winter Tollwood 2019:
We recommend coming by public transport, most popular is U4/U5 Theresienwiese or U3/U6 Goetheplatz 

christmas decoration with christmas baubles fairy lights and fir branches
Christmas decoration with Christmas baubles fairy lights and fir branches

Note:
Tickets purchased for an event on the Winter Tollwood can be used as a public transport ticket (MVV) three-hours before the respective event as well as three hours after.
Buy tickets for the Winter Tollwood 2019, click here!

The Winter Tollwood is an alternative Christmas market raising awareness for the environment. “The Market of Ideas” includes organic fare and crafts like clothing, accessories, artwork, and other things. While strolling around and searching for unique Christmas gifts, you might choose between different cuisines from India over African to traditional German cuisine. Of course, Winter Tollwood also offers great mulled wine outside the tents. 

Specials of the Winter Tollwood 2019: 

  • program of shows 
  • events on current social and environmental issues in the “Weltsalon” tent

Our personal tip:
The Winter Tollwood 2019 hosts a huge New Year’s Eve party, including a spectacular firework at midnight!
Find the site map for the Winter Tollwood 2019 here!

Munich “Feuerzangenbowle” by the Isartor Gate

Dates in 2019/2020:
Dec 25 – Jan 6, 2020
Opening hours in 2019/2020: 
Daily: 11 am – 10 pm 
Dec 24: 11 am – 2 pm
New Year’s Eve: 11 am – 3 am 
Location:
Isartor, Munich

This winter, the Munich Feuerzangenbowle at the Isartor will once again be a “hot topic”. The drink, which is a fragrant blend of red wine, rum, and spices, is served from a gigantic cauldron.
Have a closer look at the official website: www.muenchner-feuerzangenbowle.de

Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor

Dates in 2019:
Nov 21 – Dec 22
Opening hours: 
Daily: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm 
Location:
Sendlinger Tor (near Marienplatz)

food stalls at the christmas market at Sendlinger Tor in Munich
Food stalls at the Christmas market at Sendlinger Tor in Munich

One of the smaller Christmas markets in the center of Munich but easily reached from the Munich Christmas Market at the Marienplatz. The perfect Christmas market for a pre-party mulled wine before you head to one of the plenty bars around.

food stall selling baked potato and potato chips at a christmas market
Food stall selling baked potato and potato chips at a Christmas market

Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Residenz

Dates in 2019:
Nov 21 – Dec 22
Opening hours in 2019: 
Daily: 11 am – 9 pm 
Dec 22: until 8 pm 
Location:
Munich Residenz, entrance on Residenzstrasse, Odeonsplatz

Inside of the royal palace, this magical Christmas village is bustling because of its special vibes. For the frostbites among you, this is the place to be as it is protected from cold winds and snow. 
Have a closer look at the official website of the Christmas village of the Residenz: www.dasweihnachtsdorf.de

Winter magic on the Viktualienmarkt

Dates in 2019/2020:
Nov 21, 2019 – Jan 4, 2020
Opening hours in 2019: 
Mon – Sat: 11 am – 8 pm 
Dec 31: 11 am – 6 pm 
Closed on Sundays and public holidays!
Location:
Viktualienmarkt (near Marienplatz)

Munich’s famous permanent open food market turns into a Christmas wonderland in December. The famous market is especially for those of you who are looking for a delicious snack after long exploration days or unique foodie gifts for family and friends. 
Have a closer look at the official website of the Viktualienmarket: www.viktualienmarkt.de

Christmas market at the Chinese Tower

Dates in 2019:
Nov 28 – Dec 23
Opening hours in 2019: 
Mon – Fri: 12 noon – 8:30 pm 
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 8:30 pm
Location:
Chinese Tower in the English Garden

In the heart of Munich’s world-famous English Garden, this traditional Christmas market is probably the most secluded and quiet you can find in Munich. Surrounded by chestnut trees, the romantic agglomeration creates the perfect ambiance for some togetherness and date nights.

The Christmas market at the Chinese tower is also the right choice for families as children can listen to the “reading-grandma” or make wooden toys with the “carpenter-grandpa“.
Have a closer look at the official website of the Schwabinger Christmas market: www.schwabingerweihnachtsmarkt.de

Christmas market in Schwabing

Dates in 2019:
Nov 20 – Dec 24
Opening hours in 2019:
Nov 29: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Mon – Fri: 12 noon – 8:30 pm 
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 8:30 pm 
Dec 24: 11 am – 2 pm
Location:
Münchner Freiheit (square)

food stall with fairy lights and red christmas baubles selling mulled wine and hot punch
A mulled wine or a hot punch is a must at every Christmas market

Full of detailed and unique crafts, the Christmas Market in Schwabing is already over 40 years old. Right in the center of Munich’s art quarter, this market features creative crafts and artworks

Medieval Christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz

medieval christmas market with food stalls and a small wooden castle
Medieval Christmas market with food stalls and a small wooden castle

Dates in 2019:
Nov 25 – Dec 23
Opening hours in 2019: 
Daily: 11 am – 8 pm 
Location:
Wittelsbacherplatz (near U3 Odeonsplatz)

medieval christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz in Munich by night
Medieval Christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz in Munich by night

Dive into the middle age visiting the Medieval Christmas market at the Wittelsbacherplatz. Merchants and artisans are dressed in historical costumes, and the market even features medieval cuisine using ancient recipes

medieval costumed baker at a food stall at the christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz in Munich
Medieval costumed baker at a food stall at the Christmas market at Wittelsbacher Platz in Munich
food stall with flat bread at the medieval christmas market in Munich
Food stall with flatbread at the medieval Christmas market in Munich

Have a closer look at: www.mittelaltermarkt-muenchen.de

Pink Christmas Glockenbach: The LGBT Christmas market

Dates in 2019:
Nov 25 – Dec 22
Opening hours in 2019: 
Mon – Fri: 4 pm – 10 pm
Sat/Sun: 12 noon-10 pm
Location
Stephansplatz (near Sendlinger Tor)

Illuminated in bright pink, this market creates a totally different flair compared to all other markets during Christmas time. Right in the middle of Munich’s Glockenbachviertel, the LGBT Christmas market is absolutely exclusive and worth a visit!
Have a closer look at: www.pink-christmas.de

Ten more Christmas markets in Munich and around

  • Gans am Wasser
  • Christmas market Haidhausen
  • Christmas market Blutenburg
  • Christmas market Neuhausen at the Rotkreuzplatz
  • Advents market Untergiesing
  • magical Christmas forest in Bogenhausen
  • Starfleet Alte Utting
  • Christmas market at the Leonrodplatz
  • Christmas market Pasing
  • Christmas- and winter market at the Munich Airport
red and white christmas baubles at a stall on a christmas market
Red and white Christmas baubles at a stall on a Christmas market

Extra: Ice rink at Karlsplatz Stachus

ABAB Dates in 2019:
22.11. – 12.01.2020
Opening hours in 2019:
10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Location:
Karlsplatz Stachus (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Tram, Bus), near Central Station

crowd of people at the christmas market at Karlsplatz Stachus in Munich
Christmas market at Karlsplatz Stachus in Munich

With food stalls around, mulled wine and hot punch, the ice rink right in the center of Munich, at Karlsplatz Stachus, is a popular spot for young and old, tourists and locals.

people skating on the ice rink at the christmas market at Karlsplatz Stachus in Munich
The ice rink at the Christmas market at Karlsplatz Stachus in Munich

Whether you just want to watch the slippery matter from above while enjoying a hot drink, or you try it yourself – it’s definitely worth a visit! Especially in the evening, from 7:30 pm on, special events with music and lights create a great party mood!

children and adults skating on the ice rink of the christmas market at Karlsplatz Stachus in the evening
The Stachus ice rink by night

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